As we approach Thanksgiving, I am grateful and proud to be
part of an organization with members who are very giving to their community and
the world. Having visited over half the
Rotary clubs in our district, I see the caring and concern that each club has
for their community and fellow citizens as well as the world. One cannot imagine all the good the clubs are
doing in their community regardless of their size. I have found that every club has a passion
for something in their community. Clubs
are using their District Grants or doing fund raisers to improve their
community. This shows the generosity of
our club members by giving to The Rotary Foundation and supporting their club’s
November is Rotary Foundation month. The Foundation provides the funds we need for
our District Grants, Competitive Grants and Global Grants. About half of the money we give this Rotary year will be returned to the District in three years, providing the dollars to fund those grants. This year, 42 clubs did
District Grants for a total of $75,250 and eight clubs were rewarded Competitive
Grants that totaled $55,000. All of
these projects fall into one of the seven Areas of Focus. Be thinking about ways your club can make the most of our connection with The Rotary Foundation, and how you can help continue our good work through your donations to the Foundation.
The Rotary year is one-third completed, so be sure you are
entering your club’s accomplishments into Rotary Club Central at My.Rotary.org. District Conference is six months away
and the deadline for inputting your accomplishments for District awards is March
We hope you plan on attending
District Conference with the Green Acres theme. I am writing this at Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort where we have just
finished a planning meeting. There will
be something for everyone from educational events to inspirational moments and just plain fun. So be sure to mark your calendar
to attend District Conference from April 27 to April 30, 2023. Watch for more information and an opportunity to register in the near future.
Let me end by saying that I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends during this holiday season. And by saying thank you for all you do!